Former Finance, External Affairs Minister, India
• Former Finance, External Affairs Minister of India;
• Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Surface Transport;
• Under Secretary and Deputy Secretary in the Finance Department of the Bihar Government;
• First Secretary (Commercial) in the Indian Embassy, Bonn, Germany (1971-1973);
• Consul General of India in Frankfurt (1973-1974);
• Ministry of Commerce as Deputy Secretary to the Government of India;
• Joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1960; and
• Political Science Professor at Patna University (1958-1960).
Patna University (Masters Degree in Political Science, 1958).
Brazil?s sprawling favelas bear brunt Zika
Guardian: With rubber gloves, a plastic container full of larvicide and the official badge of Rio de Janeiro?s epidemic control department, Gilberto de Souza gains permission to enter the home of a stranger in the Vila Canoas favela, in one of the latest missions against the Zika virus.
As the bemused residents look on, he goes room to room inspecting every sink, flower vase and empty bottle, shining his torch behind fridges and washing machines, checking every corner for possible mosquito breeding areas....
New York investigates radioactive leak groundwater near city
Guardian: Radioactive material has leaked into the groundwater below a nuclear power plant north of New York City, prompting a state investigation on Saturday and condemnation from governor Andrew Cuomo.
Cuomo ordered an investigation into ?alarming levels of radioactivity? found at three monitoring wells at the Indian Point energy center in Buchanan, New York, about 40 miles north of Manhattan.
?Our first concern is for the health and safety of the residents close to the facility and ensuring the groundwater...
Cities could burn: Fire expert warns of changing climate patterns
Express: A TASMANIAN fire expert has warned that changing climate patterns could lead to bushfires seriously impacting the state?s cities in the future.
University of Tasmania environmental change biology professor David Bowman has issued the warning, fearing that people are not fully across the risks.
??We needed to understand the risk of fire in our community and adhere to the guidelines give by the Tasmania Fire Service.
??The reason I?m motivated is because I?m frightened for what could be coming...
How melting Arctic ice may have set off era vicious East Coast snow storms
Washington Post: Does shrinking ice in the Arctic lead to more crushing snow storms along the East Coast? Through a complex chain of events, it?s very possible says leading Arctic researcher and seasonal forecaster Judah Cohen.
Since 1990, as sea ice has rapidly melted away in the Arctic, crippling snow storms have increasingly buried the Northeast?s big cities.
[Is global warming behind D.C.?s new era of great snow storms?]
In Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston, at least five...
T-shirt weather in the Arctic
New York Times: WE crested the northern rim of Alaska's Brooks Range, and from the windows of our truck looked out across the undulating foothills toward the Arctic Ocean. Instead of seeing snow as we had in years past, we were greeted by a landscape already green with spring.
We flew by helicopter to our remote camp and shed our heavy parkas. The fish we had come to study had already disappeared downstream to spawn.
We now realize that what we saw last May was historic - the hottest May for Alaska's North...
It?s time to talk about taxing oil
New York Times: By the standards of the old adage ?politics is the art of the possible? President Obama?s proposal to levy a $10 per barrel fee on oil production and imports is not very politic. But it is very good policy.
The White House said on Thursday that it had included the fee in its budget proposal to Congress. The administration would use the $32 billion the tax would raise to invest in mass transit, high-speed rail and research into clean energy and self-driving cars. Of course, the Republicans who...
Obama devotes weekly radio address to climate change
Voice of America: U.S. President Barack Obama says climate change is "one of the greatest challenges of our time," but America is standing up to the challenge.
"Today, clean power from the wind or the sun is actually cheaper in many communities than dirtier, conventional power," the president said Saturday in his weekly address.
"Over the last seven years, we've made historic investments in clean energy that helped private sector companies create tens of thousands of good jobs," the president said.
New science helps put spotlight on unseen global impacts
ScienceDaily: As the world grows more connected, "out of sight, out of mind" looms as a perilous consequence of globalization. A sustainability scholar presents an integrated way to track the many footprints that are made in global transactions in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment this month. Jianguo "Jack" Liu, the Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability at Michigan State University, has been putting the award-winning telecoupling framework to the test to examine the often unseen and unaccounted...